Connecticut lawmakers to hear about dueling casino bill

Connecticut lawmakers to hear about dueling casino bill


MATT:
GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO
22NEWS AT 10 ON YOUR
CW-SPRINGFIELD, I’M MATT CARON.
THE CASINO BORDER WARS
CONTINUE TO HEAT UP.
22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW
EXPLAINS HOW CONNECTICUT
LAWMAKERS HOW THE OPTION TO
POSSIBLY EXPAND THE COMPETITION.
TASHANEA:
THAT’S RIGHT, LAWMAKERS ARE
LOOKING AT A BILL THAT WOULD
ALLOW MORE
THAN JUST NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
THE RIGHT TO OPERATE CASINOS IN
THE STATE.
IF APPROVED, COMMERICAL
OPERATORS COULD ENTER THE GAME.
THE LAWMARKERS ARE SCHEDULED TO
HEAR TESTIMONY MONDAY, ON A BILL
THAT WOULD
ALLOW COMMERCIAL OPERATORS AND
TRIBES THE RIGHT OPEN A CASINO.
THOSE INTERESTED, WOULD HAVE TO
PROVE TO THE STATE THEY CAN PAY
A
NONREFUNDABLE $50 MILLION STATE
LICENSING FEE.
AND AGREE TO INVEST NO LESS THAN
$500 MILLION.
THE AGREEMENT WOULD OPEN UP THE
PLAYING FIELD AND ALLOW OTHER
INVESTORS AN OPPORTUNITY TO
OPERATE A CASINO.
AN EAST WINDOR MAN TOLD 22NEWS,
COMPETITION IS GOOD FOR THE
STATE.
SCOTT MAKULA – EAST WINDSOR, CT
I THINK THEY SHOULD ALLOW THEM
TO DO IT
AND THEN IT WOULD BE MORE
COMPETITION AND MAYBE HAVE
BIGGER CASINOS.
OPEN IT UP TO EVERYBODY.
TASHANEA:
MOHEGAN SUN AND FOXWOODS WANT TO
BUILD A JOINT-TRIBAL CASINO IN
EAST
WINDSOR TO TAKE BUSINESS AWAY
FROM SPRINGFIELD’S MGM AND
PRESERVE THE
BUSINESS THEY ALREADY HAVE.
THEY WANT TO CONVERT THIS VACANT
CINEMA OFF I-91 IN EAST WINDSOR
INTO A
$300 MILLION GAMBLING AND
ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX.
BUT THE BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW
THEM TO OPEN A CASINO ON
NON-TRIBAL LAND
REMAINS STALLED IN THE
CONNECTICUT STATE LEGISLATURE.
:
MEANWHILE HERE IN SPRINGFIELD..
MGM SAYS THEY ARE AHEAD OF
SCHEDULE FOR
THEIR PLANNED OPENING DATE OF
SEPTEMBER OF 2018. LIVE IN

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